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  • Long-time Apple retailer Fry's Electronics suddenly shuts down

    I had a love/hate relationship with Fry's. I remember when one opened up here near Seattle back in 2003 and I was so excited. I've always been a Mac guy but still enjoyed looking at electronics and marveling at the dozens of motherboards out on display. Back then the store was packed full of products and customers. The lines were long, and the staff was largely ambivalent and even somewhat rude. But it was still fun to drive down to Renton and find deals on recordable media.

    Late last month I drove down there for the first time in about ten years because I wanted to try out red, brown, and blue cherry keyboards. The shelves were bare, and what products they did have on the shelves were all no-name crap. The huge section of furniture had nothing but a couple of random boxes in it. The audio demo rooms were empty and only had random wires sticking out of the walls. The appliance and car audio sections were roped off. The hardware section no longer had motherboards, CPUs, nor RAM on display. The cafeteria looked like it had closed long before COVID would have shut it down anyway. I saw a grand total of five other customers and three employees (one of whom, to her credit, actually asked me if I needed any help - something that never happened back in their heyday).

    I did not get to try out any keyboards.

    Last time I was there, all 25 checkout stations were open with lights flashing to identify the next available cashier. Thankfully I found nothing to buy this time because it looked like none of the registers were open. I wondered how many days they had left. Judging from the timestamp of the photos I took of the empty store that day, it turns out they had exactly one month left.
  • How Apple Silicon Macs can supercharge computing in the 2020s

    In over 20 years and Thousands of both Mac & Windows Users I have serviced, I have yet to meet ONE person who wants or needs to run Windows on a Mac. It's two separate Worlds plain and simple. Anyone who thinks otherwise is FUBAR.
    Perhaps you need to get out more?

    Up until I changed jobs in January, I literally ran Windows in a VM every day. Now I don’t have the need for Windows very often, but I do run Linux-based applications inside Docker containers every single day.

    A large percentage of developers do the same on their Macs, so you can’t discount the need to virtualization technologies.
  • Apple seemingly discontinues Apple TV 'Remote' app

    Well that’s stupid. I do mostly use control center, but the app does something I find very useful that isn’t in control center. The app has a details label you can tap that’ll show you what’s currently playing with a slider showing the content length and the current position.

    AFAIK, this isn’t something you can do with control center and it’s nice to see what my kids are watching, or how much time is left on my show without bringing up the playback position on-screen.
  • Review: Lepow 15-inch portable monitor is highly movable extra screen space

    I actually bought this exact display last week. I find it to be sharp and reasonably vibrant. My one real complaint is that it resets to 50% brightness which I find frustrating, but for a portable second display it otherwise does its job well. I tend to use it outside (which is why I bought it for when I want to work from my deck) and when the sun is shining on it directly it’s not particularly bright (which is probably expected since it gets its power from my laptop’s USB port), not when there isn’t direct sun, it’s plenty bright.

    i find the Smart Cover style cover holds very well. In fact, its magnets are so strong that I find it difficult to open on the front without having to actually pull off the magnetic attachment on the back.

  • Camo uses your iPhone or iPad as a pro webcam for your Mac

    jeromec said:
    $40 a year is outrageous.
    It absolutely is outrageous. EpocCam isn’t as feature rich, but it lets me use my iPhone as a high definition webcam and it cost me $8 flat. I’d love some of the adjustments Camo offers, but $40/year is way too much.